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Butcher & The Burger

Butcher & The Burger

Burger Joint$$$$
North Side, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Men's Health Mag
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  • Rebecca S.
    "Good pretzel turkey burger & fries & good bison burger with fries!"(8 Tips)
    "lentil brown rice burger with the grandmas onion soup spice blend"(4 Tips)
    Trevor H.
    "Pretzel bun is a must, as well as the Kennebec fries!"(3 Tips)
    Michael D.
    "Great spot, BYOB."(5 Tips)
105 Tips and reviews
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  • french fries
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  • Enjoli M.
    Enjoli MAugust 24, 2016
    The amazonian special w/ yuca chips which added a nice crunch, pineapple jalapeño marmalade w/ a perfect kick and sweet finish. I've got to say this has got to be 1 of the best burgers I've ever had!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Butcher & the Burger has a fully operational butcher shop on premise and is all about customization: choose your meat blend, choose your seasonings, choose your bun, choose your toppings.
  • Gil S.
    Gil ShepherdJanuary 7, 2016
    I had the Bacon Cheeseburger it was juicy and cook perfectly. The hand cut fries was on point. Mmmmm hot and salty. I will go back again, try another type of burger.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Thanks to five bun choices, 10-plus patty options, a dozen or so spice blends and 20-plus toppings, the potential burger combinations at this corner shop are dizzying. Read more
  • Cristian L.
    The burgers are fantastic. You can choose kind of meat, seasoning, thousands of condiments and toppings. Cooked to perfection. The place does't sell alcohol but you can BYOB (there's a 7/11 close by!)
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoJuly 30, 2013
    Medium rare House Prime Blend burger w/ soft bread, American cheese, tomato, mustard. Unbelie. juciy, salt is on the top layer w/ right amount. OMG best burger I have ever tasted! Worth every penny.
  • Nina N.
    Nina NiremaNovember 3, 2012
    All of the meats, all of the buns, all of the choices. Extremely customizable with so many amazing choices. Love the burgers, but don't miss out on the fries. Oh, and did I mention it's BYOB?
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioMarch 6, 2016
    Great burgers that are perfectly cooked. Pretty expensive (expect $18 and up for a burger and fries with a few toppings). Great spot, BYOB. Get the black truffle mayo on the side.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    Here, diners decide among ten patties, ranging from grass-fed beef and elk to free-range turkey. That’s before the buns (split-top egg, pretzel) and specialty toppings (wasabi mayo, pickle chips). Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 10, 2012
    How you stack your burger is up to you, but don't leave without trying the Kennebec fries–the name refers to a type of heirloom potato-twice-fried to perfection. Save room for their frozen custard.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CutticaDecember 5, 2013
    For the Paleo folks like myself, this place does the lettuce "bun" right - whole beef patty & all toppings were neatly encased in the lettuce shell. Wasabi mayo is perfect amount of hotness & flavor!
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelJanuary 6, 2016
    Very underrated burger in terms of hype. I've heard good things, but I thought this was one of the best burgers in the city. Crazy good patty and definitely worth waiting in line for.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 20, 2012
    Try the thick-cut fries made from heirloom Kennebec potatoes. They're some of the best in town and seem to benefit from the butchering skills: Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 22, 2012
    Try this customized creation: house-blend beef patty/Chicago steakhouse-seasoned/American cheese-topped/lettuce-tomato-griddled onion/split-top egg bun/Benton's smoked bacon burger. Yum! Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 17, 2012
    If you stick to beef, go with “Grandma’s onion soup” rub and flank your burger with an order of the accomplished fries. Add a scoop of the housemade custard, and you’ll be even happier. Read more
  • Justin B.
    Justin BreitfelderFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Local pork burger was amazing, juicy, lean. Would never have ordered it, but came highly recommended. Some of the best fries I can remember as well - handcut from heirloom potatoes.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WilsonMarch 9, 2014
    Restaurant is small. Burgers cook super fast. Give yourself more cook time (I ordered my burger med well and it came out close to rare.) Yhis place makes beignets and they are BOMB.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2011
    Mostly organic and locally sourced ingredients populate the menu, allowing patrons to pile on the fois gras, wasabi mayo and guacamole on top of their grass-fed beef patties. Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 12, 2012
    As seen on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants 2, order the House Prime Blend which is 100% USDA Prime beef. It's the signature and bestselling burger at Butcher & The Burger.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 10, 2012
    Those willing to venture beyond (stellar) grass-fed-beef patties are rewarded with elk, shrimp, and bison burgers, which truly showcase Allen Sternweiler's culinary chops.
  • Chad P.
    Chad PetrieOctober 14, 2014
    Best burger hands down. Throw a duck egg on it too, delicious. Grass feed beef is super flavorful.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 7, 2015
    Butcher & the Burger in Lincoln Park offers a savory mushroom and Swiss burger worth every cent. Read more
  • Vince M.
    Vince MontalbanoSeptember 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My go to: prime house blend medium rare pretzel bun mayo ketchup mushrooms. This place never disappoints. Hands down my favorite burger anywhere.
  • Kindall H.
    Kindall HAugust 17, 2016
    We stumbled upon this gem, and were blown away. Not only was the quality top notch, the flavors and sauces were fantastic. Highly recommended!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WOctober 2, 2014
    Great burger! Good size! Good fries! Cooked just right. 👉 40 bucks well spent on two people if you're looking for the Burberry of burgers.
  • Nicole S.
    Rated best veggie burger in Chicago, it was good but not the BEST. Fries were great and they had nice topping options
  • mark
    markOctober 4, 2015
    Get the Chicago steakhouse seasoning. You won't regret it!! Took a little longer than we expected but totally worth it. Can't wait to try the bison next time.
  • Brad S.
    Brad SaxonAugust 8, 2014
    Best burger in the city by far. The patty is unbeatable. Be ready to wait during normal meal times, but you'll be glad you did.
  • Jamila W.
    Jamila WatsonJune 25, 2013
    The shrimp burger is divine. Got it with Cajun seasoning with bleu cheese and avocado... oh, and on a lettuce bun. FABULOUS! ☺
  • Paul S.
    Paul SomersDecember 5, 2011
    Medium-rare, simple seasoning, bleu cheese, basic toppings plus fries = $13. Worth it. Great burger and they had Incubus playing the whole time.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterJune 18, 2014
    Order at the counter and grab a table outside. The bison burger was well worth it! Don't forget to BYOB!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LesterJuly 27, 2012
    Just like everyone else said, get the fries. Freaking unbelievable. If you have never had a fried egg on a burger, do it!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    Ask for rare at this BYO and chefs actually deliver. For extra flavor, select a sassy spice blend to be mixed into the beef. Read more
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WOctober 2, 2014
    Great burger! Good fries! The Burberry of burgers, at $40 for two people. But money well spent.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SchwabFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try something new every time - you won't be disappointed! Also, custard is well worth it.
  • Christine T.
    Christine T.July 12, 2015
    Their burgers are great and all about customization. And the fries are addicting!
  • Fahad M.
    Fahad MundaniDecember 27, 2015
    Prime beef with umami and ghost pepper spices. Dont forget to get the truffle mayo as well.
  • Mandy B.
    Mandy BastSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers keep me coming back (I really like the lentil burger with onion seasoning), but the slow service gets worse every time I come in. If you go, just be prepared to wait.
  • Lis H.
    Lis HobbsJune 16, 2014
    Amazing. The burgers are so good and the staff are friendly and wonderful! Definitely a favorite.
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JankowskiMarch 22, 2014
    That Surf Special is the stuff dreams are made of if you love shrimp and Asian flavors!
  • daniel M.
    daniel MartinezNovember 24, 2015
    Bison burger is the way to go, lean great and the homemade chips are delectable
  • Steph
    StephJuly 5, 2014
    The lentil brown rice burger with the grandmas onion soup spice blend is out of this world !
  • Heather G.
    Heather GJanuary 11, 2014
    For brunch the sausage (homemade) breakfast sandwich is BOMB. Don't even bother trying bacon.
  • SpringRewards
    SpringRewardsJuly 16, 2015
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  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJuly 6, 2014
    Hungover? Come on down and wipe the floor with some extra delicious greasy meat and cheese. Pick anything, it don't matter!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 27, 2011
    DIY burgers start with 6oz fresh-ground patties. Indulge in their smorgasboard of customization options. Read more
  • Jay P.
    Jay PatelSeptember 14, 2013
    Gets crowded on weekends and has limited seating, but worth the wait!
  • Lizeeek
    LizeeekMay 2, 2014
    Wow. Really good burger and a lot of choices... almost made my head spin. Today's special meat was alpaca.
  • Michaela B.
    Michaela BDecember 8, 2013
    Delicious burgers! Shrimp burger with umami sauce was my favorite
  • Krys Palomita M.
    Their knowledge is remarkable! I finally found a place other than Whole Foods where I can discuss meat!
  • C R.
    C ReySeptember 21, 2015
    The food is good, especially the quality of the beef. Buts it's a little pricey. BYOB.
  • Marjorie M.
    Marjorie MullerSeptember 22, 2015
    Delicious, made to order burgers. On the pricey side, but divine!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoApril 16, 2012
    DIY burgers done right. Go on Wednesdays for the grass-fed prime beef patty.
  • Jason
    JasonMay 11, 2014
    Never thought I'd say this.... but this place is better than kumas korner! !! And I looooovvvee kumas!!! Awesome burgers
  • Megan N.
    Megan NurgeJanuary 4, 2016
    I had the house made burger with ghost pepper seasoning. Very spicy and delicious.
  • Max M.
    Max MoellerOctober 26, 2016
    Delicious. A bit expensive but delicious. Great for a date!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerMarch 5, 2015
    First time there I went pretty conservative. The burgers aren't huge but are filling. Really quality stuff.
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HansonJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretzel bun is a must, as well as the Kennebec fries!
  • Wesley K.
    Wesley KeyserJune 8, 2013
    Get the bison burger. French fries are big enough to share. Delicious.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJuly 19, 2013
    One of my favorite burgers ever. Get the ghost pepper spice for a white-hot kick to your beef.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweJuly 30, 2015
    So many potential toppings combinations means you can never really tire of this burger place!
  • Stefanie G.
    Stefanie GreeneOctober 28, 2013
    Amazing! Probably one of the best turkey burgers I've ever had!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca ShumanAugust 29, 2013
    Good pretzel turkey burger & fries & good bison burger with fries!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DobneyAugust 28, 2012
    Try the beignets, they're great! Fries are good too.
  • Sara S.
    Sara SJanuary 15, 2012
    The fries are fried in lard, so if you are a vegetarian, proceed with caution.
    GENELL BANKSFebruary 25, 2014
    Definitely the most flavorful turkey burger I've ever had!!!
  • Sara S.
    Sara SJanuary 15, 2012
    Passion fruit custard is amazing. Tart and creamy.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CyganJanuary 11, 2014
    Don't miss the fries. Perfect size.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BernardoNovember 13, 2013
    So damn good. They cater to everyone's needs. Mmmmm
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaJanuary 28
    Nice bougie burgers, basically a high priced takeout shack
  • Veronica G.
    Veronica GalvezSeptember 11, 2013
    Good burgers & very friendly staff & it's b.y.o.b.
  • Katie A.
    Katie AndersonApril 14, 2013
    Delicious! Tue staff was very friendly too!
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarFebruary 7, 2012
    Try the House Prime Blend Burger With Style Steakhouse Chicago Spice Blend
  • Chris K.
    Chris KylesJune 2, 2013
    The bison burger is amazing and worth the price
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 24, 2012
    Ask about the cooking classes they offer on Monday nights.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DazeyJune 9, 2013
    Order the beignets, you won't regret it.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanKulaSeptember 28, 2013
    Come for the beef, stay for the disco.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RosenthalNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the Burgers and stay for the custard!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SullivanDecember 20, 2012
    Not sure if someone already mentioned but the Poison Cup gives you a discount if you buy something there to drink here
  • Kartik P.
    Kartik P.November 20, 2013
    This is a truly 'have it your way' burger joint!!!
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PalellaOctober 3, 2014
    Phenomenal burgers and customer service!
  • Tina B.
    Tina BeckerFebruary 4, 2016
    Grass fed burger!
  • Sam A.
    Sam AllenNovember 30, 2014
    One of the best burger joints. Seriously.
  • Jeffrey R.
    Jeffrey ReidSeptember 22, 2013
    Homemade sausage breakfast burger is awesome!
  • Cliff A.
    Cliff A.December 6, 2013
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Butcher and The Burger as seen on Food Paradise Read more
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuFebruary 12, 2012
    Check for specials like Elk and Bison burgers.
  • Rolo
    RoloAugust 10, 2014
    Everything is great!!!
  • Awadh A.
    Awadh AlshamraniJanuary 31, 2016
    Bison burger
    Upvoted May 27
  • Radoslav V.
    Radoslav ValkovApril 15, 2015
    Burgers and potatoes.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JarsDecember 4, 2016
    $22 for a burger, fries and drink. Good, but I probably wouldn't go back good
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  • Frank L.
    Frank Lollino JrOctober 15, 2015
    Awesome ! Love it Read more
  • Megan R.
    Megan RomanOctober 12, 2013
    Great food terrible service... Seems like no one knows what's going on!!
  • Awadh A.
    Awadh AlshamraniJanuary 31, 2016
    It's the best burger ever
  • Sierra
    SierraMay 31, 2013
    There is a vegan option!!!
  • Jibreel R.
    Jibreel RMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try everything
  • kailey a.
    kailey arlenMarch 8, 2016
    Awesome bacon
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarFebruary 7, 2012
    Try the Beignets
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVNovember 15, 2011
    Burger for breakfast...that is all
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